Dr. Jack Howard Booth, MD

May 8, 1922April 30, 2018

Dr. Jack Booth, MD of Jackson, TN went home to the Lord Jesus on April 30, 2018. Visitation will be at Forest Heights United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 5th from 1-2:30pm. A Christian Celebration of Life service will follow at 2:30pm with Pastor Paul Clayton officiating. Jack was born in a log cabin in New Harp, Texas to John and Nancy on May 8th, 1922. He went to Texas Wesleyan, Yale University, and the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. In a small ceremony on April 17th, 1946, Jack married the love of his life, Martha Ruth Carter Lowry. After multiple moves for Jack’s medical training and residencies, they arrived in Jackson in 1957. Dr. Booth remained the only orthopedic surgeon at the Jackson Clinic for five years. He was instrumental in getting a clean air room in surgery and bringing total hip and total knee operations to Jackson. Jack and Ruth were active in Forest Heights Methodist Church and later Evangelical Community Church. Together they were also involved with community and health organizations, including the Jackson Symphony, Sheriff’s Town, Red Cross, Jackson City School System, and many others. Many individuals that Dr. Booth and Miss Ruth have taken into their home at intervals became as members of the family, and have contributed richness to their life. Dr. Booth retired from a career he loved in 1987 and pursued full time medical mission work. Together he and Ruth served in 20 countries inspiring others with the love of Christ. Dr. Booth’s unique character of deep compassion combined with an emphasis on excellence made him beloved by many. He considered himself the most blessed person he knew. Dr. Booth is preceded in death by his parents, John and Nancy Ellen (Akin) Booth, five siblings, and daughter Mrs. Joan Marie Edwards. Our Jack, Dad, and PawPaw is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Martha Ruth Booth, his children, Ret. Col and Mrs. Tom (Mary K) Booth, Mrs. Janet (Tom) Hughes, Mike (Jamie) Booth, Mrs. Judy (Steve) Reinhardt, 20 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Robert (Evelyn) Madu and family, Monica Ramirez and family, and Enza Chessa. We will deeply miss his quick wit, wry humor, and the witness of his faithfulness in all things. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Booth’s caregivers, Kendyl, Josephine, Alex, Sherry, Chanelle, and Bridget for their support, genuine love, and tremendous care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pillar Seminary, 10845 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68154.

Agency Place Year Duration

Methodist Church Liberia 1968 3 weeks

Orthopedics Overseas Dominican Republic 1971 2 months

Self Bangladesh 1973 1 month

Orthopedics Overseas Bangladesh 1974 1 month Orthopedics Overseas Bangladesh 1975 2 months

Orthopedics Overseas Bangladesh 1977 1 month

Under Overseas Uganda 1979 1 month

Tanzania Church Tanzania 1979 1 month

Request, Ludhiana Christian Hospital India 1980 1 year

World Medical Mission Korea 1982 1 month

World Medical Mission Haiti 1983 2 weeks

World Medical Mission Haiti 1984 2 weeks

World Medical Mission Zaire 1985 1 month

Orthopedics Overseas Pakistan 1986 1 month

Orthopedics Overseas Ethopia 1986 1 month

YWAM Belize 1987 2 weeks

World Witness Pakistan 1988 4 years

Union University Honduras 1994 1 week Self Pakistan 1994 2 months

Self Papua New Guinea 1994 2 months

ECC Guatemala 1995 1 week

ECC Guatemala 1996 1 week

ECC Mexico 1997

ECC Guatemala 2000 1 week

FTC Romania 2001 2 weeks

ECC Ukraine 2002 2 weeks

Peace Church Honduras 2003 1 week


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

  • The Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 5, 2018


Dr. Jack Howard Booth, MD

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Jusy Hall

March 30, 2021

Thanks to you for serving in Pakistan as a missionary doctor!

Dinah Fewell

December 8, 2019

Dr. Booth put my knee back together after I tore up everything that could be torn up , playing basketball, in 1982. He spent 4plus hours, with the use of experimental materials at the time , and was always concerned with my ability to "walk pretty" later. I was 15 years old. He was in semi retirement from the clinic afterward, but would often call my mom to bring me in to see how the new materials in my knee were doing. He'd have me jump, squat, hop, bend and do all sorts of things every time I came. I'm 53 years old now and have water-skied, rock climbed, jumped off cliffs, run races with zero after effects. Aside from the foot long scar, which is barely noticeable, you'd never know. He did a fine job, was a fine person and a west TN pioneer in orthopedics. I was lucky to have him as my surgeon and doctor.

James "Lou" Manning

May 7, 2018

Over the years Jack and Ruth have been our mentors, teachers, colleagues and most importantly, some of our best friends. Their wit and humor in all things coupled with their common sense and down to earth love of life and others gave us insight into how to live our own lives. I most enjoyed the several years of Friday morning breakfasts with Jack, Burl Till and Jim Tomlinson as we figured out how to solve the world's problems but came away understanding better how to solve my own. Ruth always came in for coffee and shared a little smile and advice with us before retiring to her own study, TV or Table Talk. It was during these times that I got to know Jack, Burl and Jim better and learned more about myself and my relationship with Christ as we discussed wide ranging topics from family and faith to politics and local news. I always left with a smile and knowing I was just a little better off than when I arrived. I'll miss Jack for a little while but will so enjoy our reunion when all things will be known and we can bask in the presence of our Saviour. Safe travels my friend, we'll see you soon.

Sarah Ralls (Lasley)

May 4, 2018

I was a part of Forest Heights for many years from early teenage years until I married in 1963. I always thought so much of Jack and Ruth as they were such a special couple. I sang in the choir and so did Jack so prior to my wedding, he and Ruth welcomed the choir members into their home to celebrate my upcoming wedding. It was such a thoughtful thing for them to do. God bless y ou, Ruth, as you continue your life without your precious husband. I lost my husband in 1992 after only 27 years of marriage so the Lord really blessed you to have Jack as long as you did.

Johnny Beth Johns Nolen

May 4, 2018

The Johns family has so many memories of the sweet, loving, caring Booth family. We made many wonderful memories playing together as our parents visited. We have your family in out thoughts and prayers.

Diamond Jones

May 3, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Please remember the promise we have in John 5:28&29. Soon we will be able to see our loved ones again!

Don and Debbie Bosten

May 2, 2018

We are so sorry of your loss! Dr. Booth a dedicated soul to the work of Jesus!
Don and Debbie Bosten

Bret O'Brien

May 1, 2018

Dear Family,
So sorry for your loss. I remember Dr. Booth well. He and my father Dr. Barton O'Brien, worked together at The Jackson Clinic for many years. We always thought so much of him.
The O'Brien Family

Mónica (Mo) Ramirez

May 1, 2018

Mónica (Mo) Ramirez

May 1, 2018